View Full Version : Moving Objects: E-3 C-AF (should also be E-620, E-30 applicable)

19th January 2010, 01:21 PM
I've posted a condensed set of recommendations about how to shoot moving things (particularly birds) on FTU:


Hopefully useful...


19th January 2010, 04:42 PM
Cheers Andy

Nice to hear your experiance


Wee man
19th January 2010, 05:10 PM
Thanks. Very useful now printed and pinned up for future use.

19th January 2010, 07:25 PM
Thanks very much for the excellent info, now bookmarked !!!!:D

19th January 2010, 09:09 PM
Hope this is helpful. Let me know how you get on and post some pictures!


20th January 2010, 10:49 AM
I concur with the point about autofocus points :)

Unable to answer on FTU so replied here...

21st February 2010, 03:28 PM
I set my E-3 up to do this (as per Andy's instructions) and took the camera out yesterday (20 Feb). I personally think that I ended up with more keepers than I normally would, so thanks Andy!

I used the E-3 with my 50-200SWD without any converters, and this also seemed to help me get more images worth keeping. The only thing I didn't do was use the camera in Manual mode - I opted for Shutter priority (and set it at 1/800 sec). Using Manual mode is something I'm going to have to work on.

I'm not going to bore you all with the images I took yesterday, but if you are interested, here's the link to my site: http://thealove.zenfolio.com/p416847121 (look at images taken on 20 Feb 2010 - you can see the date taken at the top left of the screen)

I'm going to set up my E-30 the same way and provided it's not raining next weekend have another go at birds in flight.


22nd February 2010, 11:38 AM
Why didn't I see this on friday?? Had photopermission for a Championship football match on saturday and I can promise I didn't have many keepers!

28th February 2010, 11:42 AM
Re. my post a week ago, where I said I would set up the E-30 as per Andy's recommendations, I played 'dodge the rain' yesterday with the E-30 (set up as promised) and thought you'd like to see the results:

No.1 - at an angle:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2275542.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21733)

No.2 - the close up flypast:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2275533.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21732)

No.3 - a more distant flypast:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2275552.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21734)

No.4 - coming towards me (the 'head on' shot):
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2275645.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21735)

The white 'specks' you can see in 3 of the images is the rain! I managed to keep the E-30 away from the worst of it and spent the day switching between the E-3 and E-30.

These settings seem to work for me, although as Andy said in the article it also involves practice and more practice. That said, with practice the settings do seem to work as I've been trying to get birds in flight for absolutely ages, and the last 2 weeks are the most successful I've been so far, so there must be something in it :)!

Thanks for the instructions Andy *chr


28th February 2010, 11:52 AM
Wow, the first and last shots are both something special...



28th February 2010, 12:11 PM
Fantastic results Thea - well done:)


28th February 2010, 12:39 PM
Thanks all:

The E-30 is fine this morning by the way - it did get a little damp, but I kept it under my coat as much as I could, and I always carry a soft cloth with me so I wiped it down as soon as I got to shelter, and it got some TLC last night, so thankfully no harm done :o

All those photos were again taken with the 50-200SWD - again no converters involved yesterday.

I'm now off to practice for having a go with the Bigma next time - I've got a week or two to build up my muscles for it :D:D


28th February 2010, 02:01 PM
Wonderful shots, Thea, as are the ones on your site.


28th February 2010, 02:11 PM
These are great shots Thea, I have read over Andy's instructions but haven't had a chance yet to try but the results you are getting is very encouraging.

Thanks for sharing.